If you love snorkeling, then fly to El Nido. It’s the place to be! Snorkeling in El Nido seemed endless.
After eating lunch at Talisay Beach, we were off to Cadlao Lagoon to burn the calories. Originally, we should have gone to Secret Beach as part of the El Nido Tour C. However, the Habagat/ Southwest Monsoon prevented us from doing so.
Niel of Servant Tours told us that it would be unsafe if we pursue the Secret Beach (oh well. till next time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to return by summer). The boat docked at a small beach. Our boatman told us that this was the only place where they could dock. Hence, we needed to swim to Cadlao Lagoon from there. It was about five meters away from the boat.
Cadlao Lagoon was underwhelming for me. Nonetheless, I jumped out of the boat and started snorkeling. On the other hand, our French companions were so excited to swim in the lagoon.
While snorkeling in the beach area, I found this. Okay, forgive me, I cannot name this fish specie.
But then, this one really freaked me out. Wah. Banded sea krait again? Why do I always see one? wah. And you know what happened next, I swam fast as I could to the lagoon.
I was tired. My legs were tired. There’s nothing to see underneath the water of the Cadlao Lagoon but depth to the unknown. I felt the water temperature changing from cold to warm. I lie on my back and stared on the sky. I didn’t notice that I’ve rested for sometime and it was time to return to the boat.
We bade Cadlao farewell as we moved to our last destination for Tour C, which is Dilumacad Island, popularly known as Helicopter Island.
Helicopter Island was named as such because of its shape which resembled that of the helicopter. Our boat docked at the long stretch of beige sand of the Helicopter Island along with other tour boats.
Janet, J and I wasted no time and plunged into the waters of Helicopter Island. And wow, the marine life was amazing! Watch this video:
Among all of the islands that we’ve visited in El Nido, Helicopter Island was the best snorkeling site. The corals were still alive and healthy unlike the others.
Another day has ended but our adventure in El Nido has just began.